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Microsoft EA 101

Who It’s for and How It Works

by Jack Dillman | 03.18.15

Chances are you’ve probably heard of a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) before. It’s just a volume licensing deal for software, right? What’s the big deal? Well, a few years ago, a volume licensing program was just a better way to get bigger savings on big orders. Today, it’s a whole different ballgame.

With the rise of cloud, big data, and new ways of working, everyone’s looking for greater flexibility. As your technological landscape changes, you need to be able to download products, use them, pay for them, and bring them into the environment at your leisure—not on a transactional basis. Microsoft EA delivers that flexibility.

Tags:AzureBig DataCloudLicensingMicrosoftMicrosoft Enterprise AgreementOffice 365Software AssuranceTrue-up

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The Truth About Microsoft Enterprise Agreements

Don’t Overpay—Let Us Find the Value for You

by Lane Shelton | 03.11.15

Chances are, if you have more than 250 devices at your organization, you have heard the Enterprise Agreement (EA) pitch more than once. In fact, I agree hands down you can find results anywhere from 15% to 45% off your costs with an EA under the right circumstances. If your organization wants to license software and cloud services for a minimum three-year period, you get built-in savings and several other benefits like free training, consulting services, and tech support. Even if you’re not ready for the cloud right now, there are ways to use the EA as a licensing vehicle to gain savings and benefits, and possibly even become cloud-ready—but with the ability to move at your pace, on your terms. 

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Survive the "SQL-mageddon"

Renew Your Sequel Server EA with Confidence

by James Nagurney | 12.29.14

This month I want to highlight a coming event that some in the industry are calling “SQL-mageddon”. (This specialist tried to suggest “SQL-nado”, but—alas—it did not catch on.) A lot of SQL Server EAs are going to be for renewal soon, and that means you’ll want to take stock of your SQL licensing and compliance. What does this really mean for your organization? Read on for the full story. 

Tags:ComplianceEnterprise AgreementLicensingMicrosoftSoftwareSoftware AssuranceVirtualization

Keeping Up With Microsoft

From Licensing Changes to the New Windows

by James Nagurney | 12.15.14

More Microsoft news, I hear you cry! And so I am here, with another round of articles about the latest updates, upgrades, and changes our favorite software giant has announced. Read on to learn more about what’s new in Office 365, how Windows 10 is shaping up, and more.



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The Four Most Important Questions About Office 365

What You Need to Know Before You Make the Move

by James Nagurney | 08.27.14

Microsoft’s year ended with a flurry of activity on June 30. One of the trends we continue to see developing is the move towards the cloud and Office 365. It’s no secret that Microsoft has been pushing Office 365 hard in the last year or so, and has been offering price and funding incentives for current customers to make the leap. Microsoft’s cloud offerings suit some customers just fine; for other customers, we recommend sticking with the current perpetual licensing model. It really depends on the circumstances, and, of course, the cost. As I travel around the country talking to Microsoft customers about Office 365, I encounter some common themes/concerns/considerations around this offering. Read on for the four questions I’ve encountered most frequently. 

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